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by Ralph
Sat Mar 20, 2004 3:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Muscle Relax Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1107

I figure if this thing ever "Burns itself out" then I can go off the pain meds and deal with a couple of bad weeks of withdrawl. That would be a trivial amount of suffering compared to CPPS. I have a couple of questions: 1) How long have you been taking these pain meds daily? 2) What treatments hav...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My Cysto
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: My Cysto

but I had nothing related to cancer. So my question is---what do I have? Is redness in the urethra and occasional dull ache in the penis a classic case of prostatitis? Please give me your feedback. At least you know you don't have cancer. Now for the bad news, welcome to the world of undiagnosised ...
by Ralph
Wed Mar 10, 2004 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bladder Control Meds - Can They Really Help CP/CPPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1481

I think it'll work right away. Always has for me. I start feeling better within 30 mins. I use Ditropan XL which lasts 24 hours. The generic is Oxybutynin, but that only lasts 8 hours and the side effects such as dry mouth and blurred vision I think are greater. See if you can get a free sample from...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 09, 2004 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bladder Control Meds - Can They Really Help CP/CPPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1481

About "revoids", I experience the same thing, but I know for sure my bladder is empty. I did several ultrasounds of my bladder after I voided to see how much residual I still had. Guess what, none. My bladder was empty but I felt like I still had to void. I found Ditropan helps me tremendously with ...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bladder Control Meds - Can They Really Help CP/CPPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1481

I take 100mg 3 time a day. A recent study (wish I had it for this post) showed benefit with Elmiron from doses 300mg per day and up. It start out with 600mg per day, but the study showed no significant improvement with more than 300mg. A uro friend of mine told me about the study, so I really don't ...
by Ralph
Mon Mar 08, 2004 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bladder Control Meds - Can They Really Help CP/CPPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1481

Atarax is used as well by a lot of people on this board. Ah yes, that's right. Forgot about that one. I have used it myself. It works very well and, boy, that one will put you to bed in a hurry. It knocks me out for 12 hours. I know people that take it during the day. I guess they build up a tolera...
by Ralph
Mon Mar 08, 2004 4:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bladder Control Meds - Can They Really Help CP/CPPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1481

Ralph, do you have any thoughts on my initial question in this thread - as to whether the fact that anticholinergics help you necessarily implies the problem originates in the bladder - or I guess, the larger question is: in the sphere of chronic pelvic pain, what are some things that can cause the...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 07, 2004 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bladder Control Meds - Can They Really Help CP/CPPS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1481

You're both correct. The problem with these drugs, and all anticholinergics is that they cause bladder outlet obstruction. In a strange way though, that's why they work. The feeling of urgency is caused by the bladder muscle (the Detrusor muscle) to constantly contract or spasm. These drugs block ac...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 07, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Muscle Spasm & Anxiety Tx
Topic: Does Xanax relax muscles?
Replies: 4
Views: 890

All Benzos are controlled substances and for good reason. They all develope dependency to one extent or another. Just use them carefully and with good judgement. If you use them everyday, obviously the risk of dependency goes up. Use them only when needed. If you are on them for a while, it's best t...
by Ralph
Sun Mar 07, 2004 4:45 pm
Forum: Muscle Spasm & Anxiety Tx
Topic: Does Xanax relax muscles?
Replies: 4
Views: 890

He's right. The Benzo class of drugs all have similar action. Some are more sedating than others, while others cause a better anti-anxiety effect. Some are long acting and others are short acting. Certain Benzos will have active metabolites or by-porducts which have pharmacologic activity and can "b...
by Ralph
Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Diagnosis Prostatitis?
Replies: 24
Views: 1044

its normal to have some RBC and WBC in urine. 0-5 I believe. I disagree. It may not be serious to have a few RBC there but I have always been told that it is not normal. The kidneys are supposed to filter the blood out. Below is what I have been told by the Uros that I have seen: 1. The blood shoul...
by Ralph
Fri Mar 05, 2004 4:27 pm
Forum: Muscle Spasm & Anxiety Tx
Topic: Klonopin or Valium?
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Klonopin and Valium are sedating and will cause drowsyness. Maybe that's OK at night, but it's a probem during the day. Librax (Librium) works very well for muscle spasm and anxiety, but without the sedating side effect. 10mg twice a day works well. Klonopin and Valium have long acting metabolites t...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 02, 2004 7:15 pm
Forum: Pain Management Tx
Topic: Long term Tramadol usage
Replies: 9
Views: 1550

50mg per day is a very low dose. Most doctors titrate patients up over 6 to 7 days to the needed dose. The medicine needs to build up to a steady state in the body for best results. Some start with 50mg per day and slowly increase to 150mg or more. If one 50mg pill works for you, as it can for me, j...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 02, 2004 6:11 pm
Forum: Pain Management Tx
Topic: Long term Tramadol usage
Replies: 9
Views: 1550

Tramadol ( Ultram ) is not a narcotic and not a controlled substance. If they work for you, that's good. They are not thought to be habit forming or addictive. To my knowledge the max dose per day is 400 mg. I know of no problems with long term use. You can try weaning yourself off to see the lowest...
by Ralph
Tue Mar 02, 2004 2:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Foamy urine
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Just thought I'd mention one thing. Excessive foam in the urine can be a sign of protein in the urine. That may mean protein is being lost through the kidneys. That is not normal. Without causing too much alarm, get it checked out by your doctor. It's easy to test for protien in the urine. You pee i...